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My sister (21 in 2 weeks) suffers with depression and has convinced herself it is a result of 9 months use of ecstasy which has damaged her serotonin receptors. She has come to this conclusion after researching on the web after going from an A grade over achieving physcology student to being a drop out who does not want to get out of bed because she can't be happy.
She has been clean for over 18 months but her mood / depression has not improved. She also suffers with hallucinations 24/7 and I need help to help her as her local doctor has been unsupportive in diagnosis, preferring to keep giving her fluoxitine which she says 'numbs' her.
Are her visual hallucinations likley to be linked to receptor damage or another cause?
She is currently on fluoxitine, not prozac sorry. What are the differences between them - do they target different types of depression?
Do you have any experience or knowledge of patients with similar symptons presenting that have been 'cured'?
I can not tell you the etiology of hallucinations - I do not think anybody else definitively ID the reasons. You just have to deal with symptoms and adjust treatment accordingly.
prozac and fluoxetin are the same thing - one is branded one is generic. Visual hallucination are also part of depression with psychotic features - medicines which i listed before work fairly well. "cured" need to be redefined -I would better use the term managed or controlled -= the answer is yes
Does having these symptoms mean that low serotonin is presnt or can they be caused by other problems.
Is there research available that can back up success stories because my sister says that she has never seen success stories of someone in her situation being 'cured'.
Thank you for your time and responses.
Do you happen to know or be able to recommend anybody for her to see in London / England?
unfortunately, I do not know anyone there